Sixth Annual Directed Energy Symposium
20-24 October 2003 Albuquerque, New Mexico

The Sixth Annual Directed Energy Symposium brought together researchers, managers, and policy makers from government offices, DoD, DoE, and other national laboratories, program offices, the intelligence community, industry, universities, and other scientific & engineering institutions for discussions of current programs, technology efforts, and the future of Directed Energy. This annual Symposium provides a forum for the exchange of technical information in fields related to the development, testing, and fielding of High Energy Laser (HEL) and High Power Microwave (HPM) systems.

Best Paper Awards

The Best Paper Award is made annually by the Directed Energy Professional Society (DEPS) at each Annual Directed Energy Symposium. The Award is based on technical quality, presentation, and importance to the future of Directed Energy, as judged by a technical panel of experts selected by DEPS as part of the Symposium Organizing Committee. The awards included a tabletop trophy and a check for $500, provided by Brashear LP, a DEPS sponsor.

The best paper awards for this year are:

Best HEL Paper
Phillip Sprangle, for his presentation "Atmospheric Propagation of Ultrashort Laser Pulses."

Best HPM Paper
C E Oberly, for his presentation "Revolutionary New Prime Power Generator for DEW."

Best Student Paper
Patrick Kee, for "High Temperature Superconducting Generators for DEW Systems."


  • Invited and contributed technical papers
  • Classified and public sessions
  • Short courses
  • Distinguished plenary speakers
  • Reception off-site
  • Banquet
  • Installation of new DEPS Fellows
  • Introduction of new DEPS Directors
  • Best Paper Awards
  • Industrial and government exhibits


The preliminary agenda for the Symposium is shown below. The final program differed slightly from this pre-Symposium agenda.

Monday, 20 October
0700 Registration at Marriott
0800 Short Courses Begin
Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits were offered for completion of these DEPS short courses.
  Detailed descriptions of these courses, as well as instructor bios, are available here.
  1. Introduction to High Energy Lasers and Current Technical Issues (Unclassified)
    Instructor: John Albertine, Consultant
    CEUs awarded: 0.35

  2. Introduction to High Power Microwaves and Current Technical Issues (Unclassified)
    Instructor: Dr. Al Kehs, Army Research Laboratory
    CEUs awarded: 0.35

  3. Ultra-Short Pulsed Laser Technology and Phenomenology (FOUO)
    Instructor: Dr. Vern Schlie, AF Research Laboratory
    CEUs awarded: 0.35

  4. High Power Microwave Technology (FOUO)
    Instructor: Dr. Kyle Hendricks, AF Research Laboratory
    CEUs awarded: 0.35

  5. Beam Control Technology - FULL DAY (FOUO)
    Instructor: Dr. Paul Merritt, Boeing-SVS
    CEUs awarded: 0.7

  6. Free Electron Lasers - FULL DAY (Unclassified)
    Instructor: Prof. Patrick O'Shea, University of Maryland
    CEUs awarded: 0.7
1200 Break for Lunch
1300 Afternoon short courses begin and full day courses resume.
  1. Laser Propagation (Unclassified)
    Instructor: Dr. Phillip Sprangle, Naval Research Laboratory
    CEUs awarded: 0.35

  2. Laser Effects and the Vulnerability Assessment Process (FOUO)
    Instructors: Jorge Beraun, AF Research Laboratory
    CEUs awarded: 0.35

  3. High Power Microwave Effects (SECRET)
    CEUs awarded: 0.35
1700 Short Courses Adjourn
Tuesday, 21 October
0700 Registration at Marriott
0800 Welcome
  - Dr Robert E. Peterkin, AFRL & DoD HPCMP, Chair 2003 DE Symposium
  - Mr Edward Duff, AFRL, President, Directed Energy Professional Society
  - Dr John Pellegrino, ARL, Chair 2004 DE Symposium
0830 Plenary Session
  Invited Speakers give High-Level Overviews:
  - Senator Jeff Bingaman, D - NM
  - Honorable Ronald Sega, Director of Defense Research and Engineering
  - Dr. Bruce Simpson, Director, AFRL Directed Energy Directorate
  - RADM Brad Hicks, Commander, Naval Surface Warfare Center
  - Col Ellen Pawlikowski, Air Borne Laser System Program Director
  - Mr Lloyd Feldman, Office of Force Transformation
  - Maj Steve Redifer, USMC
  - MGEN John Urias, PEO for Air, Space and Missile Defense
1300 Lunch at Marriott
1430 Parallel Technical Sessions
  - Prime Power for DE (Chair: Jim Tschantz, AFRL) (FOUO for first half hour, then open)
  - Modeling and Simulation (Chair: Doug Rigdon, AFRL) (FOUO)
  - DE Effects (Chair: Dr. David Dietz, AFRL) (FOUO)
  - Novel Laser Sources and ATL / Fighter-based HEL (SECRET)
1730 Sessions Adjourn
1730 Poster Session at Marriott
  Poster Paper Reception (hors d'oeuvres and cash bar)
Wednesday, 22 October
0700 Registration at Marriott
0800 Parallel Technical Sessions
  - Laser Sources (Chair: William McDermott, DRI)
  - Focus Session: Program Manager Overview (Chair: Dr. Robert E. Peterkin, AFRL) (FOUO)
  - Ultrashort Laser Technology and Military Utility (SECRET)
1200 Lunch at Marriott
1330 Parallel Technical Sessions
  - Focus Session: Paths to a Compact 100 kW Solid State Laser I (Chair: Quentin E. Saulter, HEL JTO)
  - Focus Session: High-Intensity DE in the Atmospheric Medium (Chair: Dr. Peter Turchi, AFRL) (FOUO)
  - Laser Relay Mirror Workshop Follow-on (Chair: Dr. Marc Hallada, Schafer Corp.) (FOUO)
  - Focus Session: HPM Vulnerability and Lethality (SECRET)
1730 Sessions Adjourn
1830 Reception at Atomic Energy Museum
Thursday, 23 October
0700 Registration at Marriott
0800 Parallel Technical Sessions
  - DE Effects (Chair: TBD)
  - Focus Session: FEL for Ship Defense (Chair: Capt (sel) Roger McGinnis, NAVSEA) (FOUO)
  - Focus Session: Relay Mirrors for DE (Chair: Dr. Don Washburn, AFRL) (FOUO)
  - Focus Session: Non-Lethal DE (SECRET)
1200 Lunch at Marriott
1330 Parallel Technical Sessions
  - Focus Session: Compact Pulsed Power Systems for DE (Chair: Dr. Jerry Kiuttu, AFRL)
  - Focus Session: Beam Control for ABL, ATL, and GBL (Chair: Dr. Bob Fugate, AFRL) (FOUO)
  - Paths to a Compact 100 kW Solid State Laser II (Chair: Gary Wood, ARL) (FOUO)
  - DE Intelligence Assessment (SECRET)
1730 Sessions Adjourn
  Exhibitors Reception at Marriott
1930 Banquet at Marriott
Friday, 24 October
0700 Registration at Marriott
0800 Parallel Technical Sessions
  - Tracking and Sensing (Chair: Dr. Edward Siebert, Goodrich Aerospace) (FOUO)
  - HPM Sources (Chair: Kevin Stull, NAVSEA) (FOUO)
1200 Symposium Adjourns
1300 30th Anniversary Reunion for Building 322 at Kirtland AFB
This independent workshop included a reception and dinner, at a cost of $50.00 per person.
1800 20-year Airborne Laser Laboratory Reunion Social and Dinner
Open to anyone who worked on the ALL or who works on the current ABL program.


The public release proceedings from the Symposium are available for purchase here.

Symposium Organizing Committee

Dr. Robert E. Peterkin, AFRL, Chair
Dr. John Pellegrino, ARL, Co-Chair (Chair of the 2004 Symposium)

Symposium Program Committee
   Ed Duff, AFRL, DEPS President
   Dr. William Baker, AFRL
   Dr. Russ Butts, AFRL
   Dr. James Degnan, AFRL
   Dr. Preston Grounds, NRL
   Dr. Roy Hamil, AFRL
   Dr. Al Kehs, ARL
   Maj. Tim Parker, AFRL
   Kevin Stull, NAVSEA
   Charles Trujillo, AFRL
   Dr. Peter Turchi, AFRL
   John Wachs, SMDC

Registration and Exhibits
   Mrs. Cynnamon Katapski

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